Alcatel-Lucent will be moving certain operations from costly to cheaper countries, and Romania is one of the countries where the staff will grow, according to Michael Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent group, quoted by Hotnews.ro.
Combes made this statement during a meeting with Romanian prime-minister Victor Ponta.
While last year Combes started a financial bounceback plan which will see the lay off of 15,000 employees at global level, in Romania the headcount is expected to grow, said Combes. Alcatel-Lucent should reach 1,600 employees at the end of 2015.
Combes said that all companies on the market should be treated equally. “What we are asking from each government in the world is that all market players are treated the same way,” said Combes, quoted by Hotnews.ro.
“I wish to remind the government that we have invested over EUR 100 million into the operations in Romania over these years, which means we are a strong investor and we wish that to be recognized. We have 1,500 employees in Romania, so this is a large footprint, of whom 50 percent work in research & development. We expect this number to grow. After France and Germany, this is the third point of presence. Alcatel-Lucent will cut off the number of employees at global level. We are trying to move certain resources from countries with high costs to countries where the staff will grow,” he said.
The head of the company said the European telecom market needs consolidation. “I have always believed that the telecom market in Europe is too fragmented, which means that eventually players are too small to make the necessary investments, whether we are talking about LTE or fiber optic. Various types of consolidations may take place. One is sharing the network infrastructure- which Orange and Vodafone are already doing that in Romania but what operators in other countries have been doing,”said Combes.